I am trying to create a new block for footer in page.xml

steps done are

<block type="page/html_newfooter" name="newfooter" as="newfooter" template="page/html/newfooter.phtml"> added in page.xml

copied the Mage/Page/Block/Html/Footer.php to 'local/Mage/Page/Block/Html/' and renamed to 'Newfooter.php' and renamed the class accordingly

<block type="page/html_footer" name="footer" as="footer" template="page/html/footer.phtml"> 

remains untouched in page.xml

the idea is to call two footers in two different layouts

I am calling new footer like following getChildHtml('newfooter') ?> in my new layout

But its not working as expected . In both of my layouts either footer loads or newfooter loads irrespective of the layout i have selected for my pages.

I am refreshing cache every time. so that is not the issue

I think it is cache issue. After clearing cache if i load a page with footer then from there onwards all the pages will load footer. But if i load a page with newfooter then from there onwards all pages will load newfooter

I tried changing the cache_tags value in _construct but not getting the result

1 Answer 1


just override block


and in your

_construct function add condition




  • Will try this. since the template has been set from the layout will this work?
    – zamil
    Jul 4, 2014 at 4:19
  • it will override the block param from layout.
    – huzefam
    Jul 4, 2014 at 4:21
  • What condition should i give inside if() condition?
    – zamil
    Jul 5, 2014 at 7:29
  • it depends where u want to call the newfooter, say for a particular controller action, then put it as Mage::app()->getRequest(), ->getControllerName(); ->getActionName();
    – huzefam
    Jul 5, 2014 at 7:33
  • I have 2 layouts, eg layout 1 should load normal footer and layout 2 should load newfooter . is there a method to get the loaded layout name?
    – zamil
    Jul 5, 2014 at 7:43

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